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The right to the city

The notion of “the right to the city” was originally elaborated by Henri Lefebvre on the wave of the political uprisings of the late 60s in Paris, this phrase turns into a slogan used for association of diverse movements demanding resolution of current urban issues (i.e. affordable housing, education, transportation, health). In the 80s, heated by the process of neoliberalization, the demand for the right to the city has been popularized throughout the world, and its former political content has been blurred to accommodate various ideologies, policy proposals, and demands of new urban movements in diverse contexts across the world (Brenner & Schmid, 2015). In XXI century David Harvey is a most prominent theorist of the notion of the right to the city. He formulated it as follows: “the right to the city is far more than the individual liberty to access urban resources: it is a right to change ourselves by changing the city. It is, moreover, a common rather than an individual right since this transformation inevitably depends upon the exercise of a collective power to reshape the processes of urbanization. The freedom to make and remake our cities and ourselves is […] one of the most precious yet most neglected of our human rights” (Harvey, 2008, p. 23). Modern movements, under the slogan of the right to the city, often demand more equitable, democratic and environmentally sane form of urbanization that being currently enforced by neoliberal capitalism (Brenner & Schmid, 2015).

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